Although his last three CDs have placed high on the Jazz Week charts, and his lyrics have been regularly recorded by over 150 singers (including Dianne Reeves, Cheryl Bentyne, Jackie Ryan and Bob Dorough,) for his latest work jazz singer and lyricist Mark Winkler has created a new album dedicated to fresh interpretations of the work of his own favorite singer/songwriter: Laura Nyro.
“I love the songs of Laura Nyro”, says Winkler. “I am moved by both her music and her words. Her songs create their own worlds, conjuring up cities, cockleshells, exotic lands…and deep passions that touch and inspire me. She mixes Jazz with Broadway and Soul and Folk, and somehow, it all comes out great. I became aware of her brilliance while still a young man living at home with my family. Ever since then, I’ve had a burning desire to do her music. I decided that, at last, the time is right for me to tackle it…so I set myself the task of finding the “jazz side” of her amazing work. I’m hoping that today’s music lovers will discover that her songs are so good that they really deserve a place in the Great American Songbook.”
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The star among stars is Winkler's exceptional voice, one
possessing that indefinable quality that makes it memorable
without exactly understanding what is so superb about it.
The Laura Nyro Projectbetrays the care and love Winkler and
company put into the session; this is an excellent vocal
outing by any measure. Allaboutjazz.com
...one of those special projects when all the stars are in
perfect alignment. Critical Jazz
Finding the jazz in Nyro's New York street roots, Winkler
does a mighty job of crafting something that would have been
jive in lesser hands